Calendar of Events


 If you have an event you would like to see listed in the Calendar of Events, please email your request to or mail your submission to Show Me The Ozarks, 18724 Hwy 59, Neosho, MO 64850. Events are printed on a space available basis and must be received by the 5th of the month prior to the month of the schedule event. Support Your Local Farmer’s Market!

Grove, OK: Fridays 4-8 pm and Saturdays 9 am-2 pm, downtown.

Pittsburg, KS: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays, 11th and Broadway streets, downtown Pittsburg. 620.231.8310.

Carthage, MO: Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 am until the farmers sell out of product. North side of the historic Carthage square.

Lamar, MO: 1-6 pm Wednesdays, 8:30 am-1 pm Saturdays, Moore Pavilion, 10th & Poplar. 417.682.3579.

Joplin, MO: Every Saturday, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street.

Every Wednesday: Freeman Farmers Market, 4-7:30 pm, Freeman West Main Entrance, 417.347.5646.

Monett, MO: 8 am-12 pm Saturdays; Tuesdays TBD. South Park by the YMCA parking lot. 

Neosho, MO: 9 am-12 pm Saturdays, directly across from the library.

Webb City, MO: Tuesdays 4-7 pm, Thursdays 11 am-2 pm and Saturdays from 9 am-12 pm. Pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park.

Arcadia, KS

September 2, 9, 16 & 23: Thursday Night Fishing Jackpot Tournament, 6 pm, Bone Creek Lake Reservoir, East Dock, 499 E. Baker St.

Farlington, KS

September 3, 10, 17 & 24: Friday Music on the Lake, 6 pm, Crawford State Park Lake, 1 W. Lake Rd.

September 25: Annual Chili Cook-Off, 4:30 pm, Crawford State Park, 1 W. Lake Road.

Pittsburg, KS

Tuesdays: Trivia Night at The Jolly Fox Brewery, 6:30 pm, 301 S. Broadway St.

Wednesdays: Trivia Night at Drop the H Brewing Company, 7 pm, 107 E. Rose St.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Country Dance Lessons, 7-9 pm, Dirty Mule Restaurant & Bar, 134 S. US-69.

August 30-September 5: Little Balkans Days Festival.

September 3: Food Truck Festival & Downtown Celebration, Farmers Market, 5-9 pm, Broadway & 11th St.

September 4: Cow Creek Living History Candlelight Camp Tour, 7 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum, 651 S. US-69.

September 4: Gorilla Century Fun Bike Ride, 7 am, meets at Pittsburg High School.

September 4: Arts, Crafts & Food Fair, 8:30 am-5 pm, Lincoln Park.

September 4: Cow Creek Living History, 9 am-4 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.

September 4: Folk Life Music Festival, 10 am-5 pm, Lincoln Park.

September 4: Croce Plays Croce, 8 pm, free downtown Pittsburg concert, 11th & Broadway.

September 4: Lorrie Morgan, 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino, 1275 S. US-69.

September 10: Kody West w/ Gannon Fremin & CCREV, 9 pm, The Pitt, 516 N. Broadway.

September 18: Uptown, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St.

September 23: PSU Wind Ensemble Concert, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St.

September 23: Josh Meloy, 9 pm, The Pitt, 516 N. Broadway.

September 24: Fall Art Walk Festival, 5 pm, downtown Pittsburg.

September 25: First Annual Christmas Shoppe Craft Show, 9 am-5 pm, The Christmas Shoppe, 1608 W. 4th St.

September 25: Drag the Gut, 7 pm, meet at Big Lots parking lot.

September 29: PSU Jazz Concert, 7 pm, Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer St.

ArtForms Gallery Workshops, 620 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 620.240.0165

Every Tuesday: Art Exploration, 3-5:30 pm. Free. Join Gallery artists Pat Glick and Laura Wright every Tuesday afternoon to explore different art techniques. Feel free to bring something you are working on.

September 4: Swiping a Sunflower, 2 pm. We are going to use the swipe technique to create a sunflower painting. $35 per person. Class size: 10. Ages: 12 and older. Masks required.

September 12: Ceramic Fall Leaves, 2-5 pm. Using actual leaves and a slab of clay, participants will create ceramic trays shaped like leaves. All supplies provided. Masks are recommended. $45, payable at time of registration. Ages: 16 and older. Class size: 8.

September 19: Beginning Painting, 1-3 pm. All supplies, including the canvas, are provided. You will create a landscape as you learn how to use dry brush techniques and sea sponges to create texture in painting. Wear some old clothes. $35 payable at time of registration. Class limit: 6. Ages: 11 years through adult.

September 25: Fused Glass Flowers, 1-3:30 pm. Using glass powders and water, participants will create a slurry in a variety of colors and design a glass flower to be fused on a ceramic mold. Please bring a mask (N95 recommended or double mask) and wear close-toed shoes. $30 for one slurry flower; $55 for two slurry flowers. $35 for one dry powder cast into a ceramic flower mold. $40 for one large slurry flower. Class limit: 10. All ages; however, children under 12 require adult supervision.

September 26: Fall Leaf Watercolor Cards, 2-4 pm. Create beautiful watercolor cards worthy of framing. All supplies included. Masks recommended. $35, payable at time of registration. Ages: 14 and older.

Carl Junction Community Center: 303 N. Main St., 417.649.7237

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Yoga, 6 pm. Saturdays: Zumba, 9 am & Wednesdays, 6:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Pickleball, 6-10 pm. Tuesday & Thursday: 1-3 pm. Sunday: 3-6 pm.

September 25: The 24th Annual Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival, 9 am, Center Creek Park. Kids’ activities, food trucks, craft vendors, live music and more!

Carthage, MO

September 4: All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast, 9-11 am, Carthage Shrine Club. Public welcome. $7 per person. Call 417.317.0609.

September 10: Food Truck Friday, 11 am-9 pm, Central Park. Food vendors, beer garden and music, rain or shine. Call 417.359.8181.

Diamond, MO – George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs. Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit *Programs will be presented outside on the park grounds.

September 4 & 5: Bark Ranger Pop-Up Tent, 10 am-noon. Stop by the George Washington Carver pop-up tent from 10 am-noon to walk your pup. You will learn the bark ranger rules, and your furry friend will be sworn in as an official bark ranger! A note to humans: Bring doggie bags for easy clean up, leashes for your pups and a water bowl if your dog needs its own. The park will provide two water bowls on the trail.

September 11: Prairie Day, 10 am-1 pm. Celebrating life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s when George Washington Carver was a child.

September 18 & 19: Archaeological Investigations, 11 am. Have you ever discovered an unknown object in your backyard? Archaeologists have uncovered artifacts here at the park. Learn about some of these museum items with a park ranger and glance at a piece of history.

September 25 & 26: Agricultural School on Wheels, 11 am. In the early 1900s, remote tenant farmers in southern Alabama had a hard time keeping up with farming techniques until the agricultural school on wheels came to town! Learn more about this innovative solution to rural farm education that George Washington Carver helped design.

Joplin, MO

Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Curbside ordering is also available, and orders may be placed Tuesday at 8 pm until Thursday at 8 pm at Curbside pickup hours are 10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,

September 3-4: MO-Kan Dragways’s Labor Day Classic, 30753 Base Line Blvd., Asbury. Nitro funny cars! Jet dragsters! Over 150 race cars in action! High-octane family fun! Kids 12 and under free. Every ticket is a pit pass. Call 972.894.7550.

September 8: Joplin Area Welcome Club Get Acquainted Coffee, 10:30 am, at the home of a member. Visit or their Facebook page.

September 11: Our Veterans First Inaugural Car, Truck, Jeep and Motorcycle Show, 12-4 pm, Schifferdecker Park, A kids’ ride-on toy show will happen within the car show! Food trucks, a monster truck giving rides, face painting, bounce houses, raffles, merchandise, a 50/50 pot. Call 417.439.9424.

September 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown. Enjoy local artisans, music, entertainment and food. Have dinner at one of our local restaurants or check out the food trucks with everything from frozen treats to tacos, barbecue and pizza. 417.624.4150.

September 24: Joplin Town & Country Quilt Guild, noon-4 pm, meets the third Tuesday of each month, Peace Lutheran Church, 3100 N. St. Louis Ave. Bring a sack lunch. Contact Brenda Orban, 417.434.6726.

September 28: Joplin Area Welcome Club Monthly Luncheon, 11 am, Just a Taste Event Center, 105 S. Main St., Webb City. JAWC offers many different games, book club, out to lunch and other opportunities to make new friends; length of residency does not matter. Visit or their Facebook page.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, Missouri. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.

September 4: Conservation in Parks: A Walk in the Trees, 4 pm. Free class for all ages, Landreth Park Utility Arboretum (north end of the park). We will learn tricks to identify trees and learn about what gives them their glorious fall color. Registration required; to register, visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 to leave a message or email

September 11: Yoga in Nature for Adults, 8:30-9:30 am, $10 fee to attend, for ages 16 and up. This class is designed to incorporate elements of nature, breathing and yoga poses. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. This class will be held at the Wildcat Glades education cottage. Space is limited.

September 11: Yoga in Nature for Kids, 11:15 am, free class, Wildcat Glades Education Cottage. For ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. This class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel, and a reusable water bottle. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page or email

September 11: Dutch Oven Cooking, 6:30 pm, free family class, Wildcat Glades Pavilion. Join us by the creek to learn about campfire safety and the basics of using cast iron. We will be trying out a few new recipes in the Dutch ovens and taste testing them together. To register, visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 to leave a message or email

September 22 & 25: Busy Chipmunks, 10-11 am. Free class. September 25,1-2 pm, Wildcat Education Cottage. We will have a craft, a story and a song. To register, visit our Facebook page, call 417.708.7713 to leave a message or email

Grove, OK

Har-Ber Village Museum, 4404 W. 20th St., Grove. Contact: 918.791.0655.

September 24, 25 & 26: Pioneer Days. Living history demonstrations of daily living skills such as soap making, printing press, flint knapping, blacksmithing, corn broom making, fiber arts, woodworking and much more. Normal admission rates apply.

September 26: Gospel in the Park, 2-3:30 pm. Join us at our event tent next to the café for a free gospel concert performed by Joplin local Mike Greenstreet and Friends.


Cultural Events

Carthage, MO

September 11: 2021 Red Oak II Festival, 9 am-5 pm, Red Oak II, 12275 Kafir Road, Carthage, MO. A tribute to the late artist and legend of Carthage, Lowell Davis. Craft Fair, Vendor Booths, Art and Live Music.  For more info visit, Facebook: Red Oak II.

Through September 18: artCentral, Debbie & Richard Reed: Metamorphosis Exhibition, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 pm at artCentral, 1110 East 13th Street. A multi-media exhibition featuring the transforming work of husband-and-wife artists Richard and Debbie Reed. Call 417.358.4404.

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Joplin, MO


September 3: Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials House Concert (ages 10+), 7 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24th St. Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials have been producing music for more than 30 years. Suggested, minimum donation of $25. More information and reservations: In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

September 14: Reverend Horton Heat House Concert (ages 15+), 7 pm, The Coda Concert House, 2120 E. 24 St. An evening of short songs and tall tales with a Texas legend! Suggested donation TBA. More information and reservations: In response to reservations, a confirmation email with the address, directions, parking, etc., will be sent. All proceeds benefit the artist performing.

September 29-October 3: Clue: On Stage, 7:30-9:30 pm, Joplin Little Theatre. Features murder, mystery and laughs as they seek to puzzle out the culprit amongst the criminal. All ages welcome! Reservations required; reserve your ticket at or by calling 417.623.3638. Tickets: Adults $18, senior citizens/students $15, children 12 and under $8. Contact, 417.623.3638.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market and Empire Market Curbside, 10 am-2 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E. 4th St. Locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Advance online ordering for curbside pickup. Online ordering begins Tuesday at 8 pm and ends Thursday at 8 pm and can be made at Curbside pickup is held Saturday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. More information:, 417.986.3914.

September 2: First Thursday ArtWalk, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown. Dozens of artists show or demonstrate their artistic process, and all art is for sale. Participating artists are located inside various venues along with live, acoustic music. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including required masks in venues and social distancing. Free. More information:, 417.438.5931.

September 3: First Friday, 7-9 pm, Mercy Park. Classic art of swing dance! Vintage Swing Movement Joplin is back, and you can join them for a dance lesson at 7 pm, social dance at 8 pm! Bring a lawn chair. Registration required; for information on how to register, visit This event is limited to the first 50 people who register. Tickets: $5 per person. Contact:, 316.243.8175.

September 5, 12, 19, & 28: Joplin Comedy: Open Mic Comedy Night, 9 pm, Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Try out your latest stand-up routine or take in the acts of local comedians, all while enjoying tasty pizza from Blackthorn Pizza & Pub. Age restrictions: 18+ until 10 pm, 21+ from 10 pm until close. Free. More information:, 417.540.9186.

September 9: Joplin Writers’ Guild, 6 pm, via Zoom. The Joplin Writers’ Guild, a chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild, includes a wide variety of writers from hobbyists to professional, published writers. The group focuses on supporting each other and sharing information about the publishing and writing industries. Open to the public. Dues $10 for the year, first meeting free. More information:, 417.691.0480.

September 11: Murphysburg Sesquicentennial Celebration: Patrick Murphy’s Legacy, 2-5 pm, South Sergeant Ave between 2nd and 5th streets. September 1871, Murphysburg was incorporated in Missouri and named for cofounder Patrick Murphy. A tangible piece of Joplin’s past, Murphysburg is celebrating 150 years with a street fair and historic property tour. Activities include live music by The Sea Hollies, GAST Blaskapelle, Mach Schnell, and Heartland Concert Band; Irish dancing demonstrations with audience participation; walking tours and scavenger hunts; a genealogy help table; period reenactors in costume; a Freedom of Flight Museum exhibit; equestrian demonstrations; miniature train rides; and more. Food trucks as well as a beer and wine tasting tent will also be on site. Free and open to the public; food, alcohol and guided tours available for purchase. Visit More information:, 417.208.9376.

September 16: Third Thursday, 5:30-8:30 pm, downtown Joplin. Third Thursday is back! Although things may look different, stroll through downtown, eat great food, listen to music, peruse local art and shop! Free. More information:, 417.501.9649.

September 17 & 18: Seventh Annual Joplin Arts Fest, 6-9 pm, September 18, 10 am-4 pm, Joplin Empire Market. Joplin Arts Fest promotes the local arts and cultural community in Joplin and its surrounding area. This two-day, juried event includes artist booths, live performances by local artists, delicious food and more. Free and open to the public. More information: Ivy Hagedorn,, 417.986.3914.

September 25: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café. Announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. JRAC Coffee Hours are held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Guests and members are welcome to attend. Membership dues for JRAC $35 annually. Contact


Through September 25: Small Worlds by Carolyn Càrdenas and Contradictions by Bobby Ross, Spiva Center for the Arts Main Gallery, 222 W. 3rd St. Carolyn Càrdenas and Bobby Ross have been married for 40 years and each one has created 40 unique pieces of art for this stunning exhibit. Carolyn works with egg tempera, charcoal, graphite, pastel and collage, bringing the minute details of miniature works and larger assemblages to life. Bobby uses a multi-layered, Renaissance-like oil technique and graphite on Bristol boards to engage and engross viewers. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through September 25: Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021 Exhibit, Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. Creativity and imagination abound in this exhibit, which features artwork created for Post Art Library’s Summer Reading Art Challenge 2021. Each piece was inspired by the prompt “Tell Your Tale with Art! What’s the story of you?” Free. More information:, 417.623.7953 X1041.

September 7-24: De/Tension/Past: Landscapes of American Incarceration by Emily Hanako Momohara, MSSU Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 E. Newman Rd. On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt authorized the forced removal of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans and immigrants to concentration camps for the duration of World War II. Between 1999 and 2014, photographer Emily Hanako Momohara traveled to several of the former sites of incarceration, photographing the visual remains of the wartime imprisonment infrastructure. Then, in 2020, Momohara re-photographed her original images, reframing and reflecting on the parallels between the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and the incarceration of migrants and the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.625.9563.

Through October 30: Front and Center by JRAC, Maple UnCommon Guest House & Gallery, 120 E. Maple St, Columbus, Kansas. See a wide selection of artwork in a variety of mediums and styles from some of the area’s finest artists. Contact

Through January 31, 2022: Post Mail Art Projekt 2021: Show Me Mail Art, Post Art Library, 1901 E. 20th St. In 2014, Post Art Library put out an international call for mail art for an exhibit that has since turned into an ongoing project. The call is open to anyone who would like to send mail art in. Mail-Art Take-Home Kits are available on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Kits for adults may be picked up at the Reference Desk; kits for teens may be picked up in the Teen Department; and kits for children may be picked up in the Children’s Department. For full details, including where to mail art, what will happen to mail art once it is received, and more, visit Free and open to the public. More information:, 417.623.7953 x1041.


September 4: Paint Pouring with Mary Parks, 12-2 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Learn about different techniques for paint pouring and create two colorful works of art with the help of Mary Parks! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $35. More information:, 417.358.6329.

September 10: Loose Watercolor with Roxenne Kendall, 6-8 pm, April’s Art House, 5245 Old Highway 71. Watercolor can be a tricky media to master but with the help of Roxenne Kendall, you can learn how to create a loose watercolor painting! Registration required; sign up by calling or texting April at 417.358.6329. All materials included. Cost: $40. More information:, 417.358.6329.

Create N Sip, 223 W. 3rd Street:

All Month: Create N Sip To-Go Kits. Get creative while maintaining social distancing with one of Create N Sip’s To-Go Kits! More information:, 417.680.5434.

Wednesdays: Wine’d Down Wednesday, 5-9 pm. Canvas and home decor DIY event! Choose the project that works for you. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$58. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Saturdays: Saturday Morning Choose Your Canvas, 10 am. Select the painting you want to recreate and let the experienced staff at Create N Sip help you make a masterpiece. Prices vary depending on chosen project. Cost: $28-$176. More information:, 417.680.5434.

Local Color Art Gallery & Studio, 1027 S. Main St.: 

Tuesdays & Wednesdays: Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor Come & Go, 2-5 pm. Stay up to three hours of painting time. Award-winning artist Paula Giltner teaches watercolor, oil and acrylic painting techniques and design principles. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $20.

Wednesdays: Wednesday Watercolor & Fluid Acrylic Come & Go, 10 am-2 pm. Enjoy traditional or experimental watercolor painting led by Donna Roberts, who will use watercolors or fluid acrylics. Sign up required; you can sign up at Local Color during regular business hours or by calling 417.553.0835. Cost: $20 with your own supplies, $30 with supplies furnished. More information:, 417.623.3727.

First and Third Fridays: Art Lessons at Local Color Art Gallery with Roxenne Kendall, 11 am-4:30 pm. Learn the basics of watercolor, colored pencils and micron inks during one- to two-hour, private or group lessons. Ages 5 to 95 are welcome to participate. Registration required by emailing Cost: $20 per session; group rates available. More information:, 573.397.1940.

Third Thursdays: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Students may choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. More information:, 417.553.0835.

Spiva Center for the Arts Galleries and Gift Shop Hours: 222 W. 3rd St, 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register at and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.


September 25: Artist Talk with Bobby Ross, 11 am-noon. Bobby Ross discusses his paintings and drawings, as well as how his experiences have contributed to his social realist works. From his early years in college to teaching at universities across the nation and making art in his studio, Ross has observed and interpreted ironies, enigmas of politics, science and self-investigation through art. Suggested donation: $10. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Through October 2: Matriarchs Unmasked by Melody Knowles. Local clay and 2-D artist Melody Knowles brings her unique, intriguing vision to Spiva! Comprised of sculptures, low-relief masks and painted tiles, Knowles’ well-known work contains symbolism about how masks conceal but protect our inner voices. Animals and female figures represent mother protectors and symbols of female empowerment. Free; donations appreciated. More information:, 417.623.0183.


September 18: Egg Tempera Workshop with Carolyn Càrdenas, 10am-4 pm. Through lecture and demonstration, Càrdenas will explore Renaissance techniques, and participants will try their hands at using gesso ground on paper, grinding pigments, preparing various emulsions and more, thus recreating processes used in 15th century studios of Italian and European masters. Designed for high school students and adults. All materials provided. Lunch provided. Cost: $140. Contact, 417.623.0183.

Fridays: Spiva Art Class at The ROCC, 10-11 am, 1402 S. Main St. The Recovery Outreach Community Center (ROCC), a community center that provides peer recovery support services, is partnering with Spiva Center for the Arts for weekly art classes. Join them every Friday to express yourself, regardless of your artistic abilities. All ages welcome. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Recurring Classes:

Tuesdays: Creation Station (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. A variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Explore the galleries with scavenger hunts and other activities. Pre-registration recommended. Space is limited. Cost: $6 preregistration and $8 at the door., 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-noon. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. No prior art experience necessary. Free. More information:, 417.623.0183.

Dream Theatre Co.- Studio 124, 124 S. Main St.

Sundays: Flash Mob Fitness, 3-4 pm. A fun and unique workout opportunity! Learn a different flash mob dance each week. Opportunities for flash mob performances will occasionally be offered but dedication to performing is not required. Cost: $5. More information:, 417.622.6470.

Health Events

Galena, KS

September 7: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

September 9: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

September 14: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

September 22: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

September 8 & 22: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

September 14: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

September 7: Ozark Center Evening Autism Support Group, 6-7 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. Respite services provided first-come, first-served. Call 417.347.7850 to reserve a spot.

September 8: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

September 16: Freeman Caregiver Support Group, 10:30 am-noon, Freeman Hospital East Conference Rooms 1-3E. Are you a caregiver interested in having a safe haven to share your feelings? Receive information about resources and coping mechanisms, gain advice on what lies ahead, make new friends and learn how to deal with family members. Door prizes will be given out. RSVP to Kathy Mason at or 417.347.8463.

September 20: Freeman Diabetes Support Group, 4:30-5:30 pm. A virtual meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Meeting ID: 980 3704 6612 and Passcode: 048324. For more information, call 417.347.5700.

September 21: Ozark Center Daytime Autism Support Group, 12:30-1:30 pm, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. Open to people with autism, parents and caregivers. No respite services. Call 417.347.7850.

September 21: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30–6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. For more information, call 417.347.1266.

September 30: HealthWISE, 10 am, Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Dr. Black, Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine physician, will speak about total joint replacement. Dr. Black will be able to answer questions and provide timely information about total joint replacement for hips, knees and shoulders. Please call and leave your name and number at the Freeman Advantage office to RSVP.

National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St., in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

September 27: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

Caregivers’ Support Group: This meeting will not take place in person for the time being. However, we encourage anyone seeking support to call us, and we will be happy to visit over the phone to offer free support and resources. Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Call 417.448.3999.

September 11: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 9 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. A four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. Includes a tour of the NRMC OB as available. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

September 21 & 23: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, virtual classroom via Zoom – free class. Two, 2-hour classes cover childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

September 28: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon, Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure, plus this month’s screening: Body mass index.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

September 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

September 9: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

September 9: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

September 7: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391.

Crisis Text Line
Text 741741. Free, 24/7 support for those in crisis to
create a plan to stay safe and healthy.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline